View Full Version : Similar racquet to Pro Tour 280

01-10-2005, 08:41 AM
I am a 4.0-4.5 player just getting back into tennis after a 2 year layoff. I used the Head pro tour 280 for a number of years and really like the frame. I have an all court game but typically play from the baseline. Just looking for any input on whether an upgrade to a more technologically advanced "players" racquet would be advised? I like the dense string pattern and weight of the protour but its a little lacking in power. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

01-10-2005, 08:53 AM
As far as racquets available at TW, I'd say that the LM Prestige MP is the closest living kin to the Pro Tour 280. If the power was a little low for you, but the weight of the PT280 was no issue, then give the LM Radical Tour a try, too.

01-10-2005, 11:39 AM
Why not just stick with the Pro Tour 280? The more "technologically advanced" racquets become, the worse they are. I'm still using 25 year old technology (PS 6.0), which still feels better than most of the new technology racquets out there. Just remember that no amount of racquet technology will improve your stokes. Only practice will. However, if you must try, I suggest giving the Yonex RDX 500 Mid or MP a spin.

01-10-2005, 12:00 PM
Not to nitpick, but isnt PS6.0 95 only a decade-old racquet?

01-10-2005, 12:09 PM
Not to nitpick, but isnt PS6.0 95 only a decade-old racquet?
Yes, but it's constructed exactly the same as the PS 6.0 85 which is 22 years old, and both PS 6.0's use the same graphite/kevlar technology as the Ultra which is a 25 year old technology. Thus, all the technology that's in the PS 6.0 85/95 was invented more than 25 years ago.

01-10-2005, 05:03 PM
specs-wise and on-court, the Dunlop MW200G is very similar

Captain Haddock
01-10-2005, 05:09 PM
The Cayman Pro Heat is almost an exact replica of the PT 280.

01-10-2005, 07:09 PM
I have a pair of weighted LM Radical MPs (~12 oz) and they hit pretty similar to the PT280. The PT280 slices better and has a better feel on contact. It has a pinch less power, but not significantly so. The LM Rad (weighted, remember) is still a little easier to get going on serve. Both are incredibly even across the racquet face and the sweet spot is not a "hot" spot, because the fall off is gradual.

One of the biggest differences is that the PT 280 is supremely comfortable, while the Radical had a lightweight shake on impact compared to the 280 which plows through the ball like the old RD-7, but is more maneuverable than that old log.

For me the 280 won, but I have not sold off the Rads.

01-10-2005, 07:17 PM
If you play mostly from the baseline, I can't imagine that any of the newer racquets will be significantly better than the PT 280. The touch, feel and control of these sticks are unmatched for this type of game.

steve d
01-10-2005, 08:04 PM
I'm with Kinsella. For me, the PT 280 has held off challenges from the RD-7, C-10 Pro Extended, Topspin CL628, Diablo and Pro Tour 280 OS. Plus the 200g that I switched from to get to the PT 280.
So far I haven't found a racket that gives me the feel, feedback and comfort of the PT 280. I would like to try a Prestige Classic to see if its any better but I haven't gotten to it yet.
But I will be interested to read the suggestions that come from this thread. I originally switched to the PT 280 based a great deal on suggestions from this board.

01-10-2005, 08:31 PM
I have a friend who used to play the prestige classic and now plays the RD-7. I hit the prestige classic a few times and it was very solid racquet, heavier than the PT 280 for sure and harder to get around. It also seemed a little dead to me. The RD-7 is very similar to the prestige classic, but I really thougth I had to let loose just to get the ball over the net!

I settled on the PT 280 because it was very close to the prestige classic with a little more manuverabilty and at about half the price. Got em a few years back on close out for next to nothing. From what I am hearing, I better stick with what I've got. Before the PT 280 I played the 1998 radical tour and tried to get it leaded up to feel like the 1997 (which was a great frame IMO). Couldn't ever get it there then I found the PT 280 and it as just as nice. I did serve a lot better with the the 1998 radical. Thanks for the input.

01-10-2005, 08:36 PM
Do a google search and you can find the tour 280 still .